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Black History Month. - A time to celebrate, acknowledge, honor and memorialize our leaders, inventors, discoverers, athletics, and even entertainers, business owners and politicians who have made exceptional accomplishments and contributions throughout our history.

This week for Black History we honor Eric H. Holder, Jr. - President Barack Obama's Attorney General.  

Eric H. Holder Jr. was born in 1951 and raised in a working-class section of Queens, New York. His parents had both emigrated from Barbados. Through a scholarship he was accepted into the academically elite at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, and after graduation he enrolled at Columbia University where he majored in American history, earning top grade and receiving a B.A. in 1973 and a J.D. in 1976

Mr. Holder received his bachelor's degree in 1973, and immediately was accepted into Columbia's law school. When he graduated from that institution in 1976, he decided to join the Department of Justice.  Therefore, in 1976 he began is career with the DOJ's relatively new division -  the Public Integrity Section/Unit, where he served twelve years, investigating federal corruption.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan nominated Holder to be an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, a post he filled for five years until.  In 1993 President William Clinton appointed Mr. Holder to the position of   U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and in 1997 President Clinton nominated Mr.  Holder to be the next Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno (the nomination was confirmed several months later by the Senate).  The first African American to serve in this post.

As Deputy Attorney General, Holder was, along with Jack Quinn, drawn into controversy surrounding President Clinton's pardon of fugitive Marc Rich. Holder gave a "neutral, leaning towards favorable" opinion of the pardon to Clinton, which led to the pardoning of Rich on Clinton's last day in office.

Holder served as Acting Attorney General under President George W. Bush for several weeks until the Senate confirmed Bush's nominee, John Ashcroft.

Since 2001, Holder has worked as an attorney at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.  In 2004, Holder helped negotiate an agreement with the Justice Department for Chiquita Brands International in a case that involved Chiquita's payment of "protection money" to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a paramilitary group that has been designated a terrorist group by the United States government. In the agreement, Chiquita's officials pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $25 million.  Holder represents Chiquita in the civil action which grew out of this criminal case.

In late 2007, Holder joined Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign as a senior legal advisor. He served on Obama's vice presidential selection committee.

In June 2008, Holder was considered to be a leading candidate for Attorney General under an Obama Administration.

On November 18, 2008, then President-elect Barack Obama selected Eric Holder, Jr. as his Attorney General.  On January 15th at Mr. Holder's confirmation hearing he pledged to use all available tactics "within the letter and spirit" of the U.S. Constitution to defeat enemies of the United States. Mr. Holder said "Adherence to the rule of law strengthens security by depriving terrorist organizations of their prime recruiting tools,"

On February 2, 2009, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Holder's appointment as Attorney General of the United States, making him the first African-American to head the Justice Department in the Obama Administration.  Mr. Holder's  ascension to the Cabinet will follow the paths of General Colin Powell, who served as Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush, and Condoleezza Rice, Powell's successor at State under President Bush, as prominent African-American members of a presidential cabinet.

Attorney General Holder is  married to Sharon Malone (an obstetrician); and they have one daughter, Maya, who was born in 1993.

A few days ago on February 18th, 2009, for Black History Month Attorney General  Holder made an exceptional and powerful speech on Race at the Department of Justice African American History Month Program in Washington DC.  "...U.S. Remains a 'Nation of Cowards' When It Comes to Race Relations..."  

Click on the picture to the left to watch/hear Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. words.  Courtesy of MSNBC.

"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race. It is an issue we have never been at ease with and given our nations history this is in some ways understandable"

 

Continue celebrating Black History Month!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009, will make it one year since we lost a friend, actor entertainer-dancehall artist, and producer to violence.  Please keep in your thoughts Mr. Alton Ashman "Rraw Dawg". 

"Rraw Dawg" was selfishly and violently taken away at the beginning of his exciting career and far too soon.  His murder is still unsolved unfortunately!  Nevertheless, please keep "Rraw Dawg" in your thoughts.  "Rraw Dawg" was a dancehall artist and actor from our area and was a member of the popular "Alliance" which is headed up by popular dancehall artist Bounty Killa ("The Alliance agency is known for its outstanding work in booking, promotions and production, and has over the years guided the careers of some of dancehalls most prominent recording artists such as Wayne Marshall, Movado, Busy Signal and many others.")  You will find more details about "Rraw Dawg" on his myspace memorial site:  www.myspace.com/rrawdawg1 

We send our condolences to the family and friends of Marc Stewart, President and CEO of Atlanta's Island Coast Entertainment.  Mr. Stewart was confirmed dead on February 15th after being reported missing since February 11th.  Mr. Steward is credited with producing some of the most successful Soca, Hip-Hop and R&B events in Atlanta, the Caribbean, and Europe through his marketing and promotions firm. He was instrumental in hosting such acts as Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Eddie Griffin and comedian Earthquake.  Mr. Stewart's family released the following statement: "It is with great sadness that we now lay our son to rest. Marc is loved and respected by many in and out of the Caribbean community. He is a beloved son, father, friend and businessman who was known throughout the Atlanta community as hardworking, trustworthy and dedicated. His charm and professionalism captured the attention of many supporters, and the firm footprint he left behind will not easily fade away."   For more details about Mr. Stewart and his funeral arrangements log on to: http://www.marcstewartmemorial.com/

This weekend is all about the music we love so dearly and Carnival.  

One of our favorite artist will be performing at a Black History celebration that will be  taking place on Friday, February 20th.  The Legendary Reggae Singer Freddy McGregor will be in town performing in Bladensburg, Maryland at Crossroads Club.  Mr. McGregor is an excellent Reggae Singer who has been singing for decades.  His music is positive, smooth and magnificent.  For all the details on this show CLICK HERE and to learn more about Freddy CLICK HERE!


Another exciting artist who will be performing in Baltimore Maryland on Sunday, February 22nd is Grammy Award Winner, British singer, songwriter and producer - ESTELLE!  

Clearly, Estelle has been very influenced by Reggae Music and her singing and style are awesome.  Her "Come Over" single with Reggae Superstar Star Sean Paul is blowing up the charts and airwaves across the world.  Estelle is celebrating the winning of her first Grammy for her hit tune "American Boy" featuring Kanye West is on tour across America.  She is supporting her US debut CD entitled "Shine" which made the top 40 on the Billboard 200 Charts  and which spawned her "American Boy" hit.  "Shine" is the premiere release from John Legend's Homeschool Records label, a partnership with Atlantic Records. Executive produced by Legend and Atlantic chief Craig Kallman, the album features production from an array of studio pros, including Mark Ronson, Wyclef Jean, Swizz Beatz, will.i.am and Supa Dups. Special guests joining Estelle in front of the mic include Legend, Sean Paul, Cee-Lo and acclaimed Canadian dancehall/hip-hop MC Kardinal Offishall.

Estelle won the 2009 Grammy this month for Best Rap/Song Collaboration for her hit "American Boy", and the platinum-selling single have also collected honors including the BET J Virtual Award for Song of the Year, a World Music Award for World's Best New R&B Act, an Urban Music Award for Best Collaboration, an O2 Silver Clef Award for Download of the Year, and a pair of MOBO Awards for Best UK Female and Best Song.

Estelle will be performing at Rams Head Live in Baltimore Maryland on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009.  To learn more about Estelle and to check out her great music, performance and singing - take a look at one of her videos by CLICKING HERE and/or her MySpage Page by CLICKING HERE.  Her North American tour begins this weekend, so check out her schedule on her Page, and be sure to check out this versatile British Star when she comes to your city.


  The famous Trinidad Carnival takes place this weekend, as well as Carnivals around the world.  Carnival is extremely hypnotic and truly a wonderful experience.  To many it's simply magical, a time when many forget their troubles, cast away all their inhibitions and loose themselves in the euphoria of the festival and celebrations.  

As a child and young adult growing up in Trinidad, for me it was a season full of excitement, the soca and calypso music, the sweet steel pan music, the mas (costumes), the fetes (parties), the feeling of freedom and a time where many say "forget all your troubles and just have fun".  

Carnival itself "The Greatest Show on Earth" as we call it, is a festival that is approximately 170 years old, which was originated in the clash and mesh of African and French cultures on the 18th century sugarcane plantations of the West Indies.  The history states (briefly): the French-Creole planters spent the two months between Christmas and the day before Lent indulging in life's pleasures, then covered themselves in ash and repented for their sins when the 40 days of lent began...African, emancipated from slavery in 1838, used carnival rituals to commemorate their sufferings on the plantations and at the same time lampooned the lifestyle of their former masters through costumed characters.  Which has been well preserved throughout the years.

Some important highlights of Carnival is as follows: Steel Pan competitions, Calypso and Soca artist Competing for certain titles (Soca Monarch, Calypso King, queen and even Jr, king and queen, etc.), and the climax begins on the Sunday night before carnival with the "Dimanche Gras", which is where judges choose a king and queen of the masqueraders in an open air stage at Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain.  Each competitor's costume must convey the theme of their bands, and they must demonstrate their technical prowess in handling the costumes.   Judges also look for the technical expertise in designing and arranging the costumes.

For many there is no time for sleep, so after the Dimanche Gras many attend fetes and lime (hang out) at different events or even on the streets during the entire night until morning as  "J'Ouvert" Morning approaches.   J'Ouvert (opening day), the festival begins with a reenactment of the "Canboulay" (meaning burning cane) which history states: were riots that took place in 1881, when British colonial soldiers were beaten back with sticks and stoned by African masqueraders for attempting to stop them from taking part in Carnival.  During the early hours in the dark of J'Ouvert masqueraders take the form of huge bands of revelers, liberally daubed in mud, black oil, different colors of paint (blue is most popular), powder and even chocolate (which is very popular now-a-days).  Many wear costumes or make themselves up to look like caricatures of notable figures and even devils, just drinking, reveling and partying in the streets throughout the early morning on the Monday of Carnival "Carnival Monday).  This is an important time for Steel bands, many of the bands consists of steel pan musicians, beating and playing their steel pans.

The "fete-ing" continues throughout the night and it carries through to the big explosion of Carnival that takes place the next day "Carnival Tuesday".  The color and spectacle of the creativity from costume designers is exposed on this day.  Thousands of masqueraders assemble at designated spots around the city adorned in their beautiful costumes dancing to the latest soca compositions pumping  thunderously by DJs on huge trucks, that head to the contest on the savannah stage.  Once they arrive, the tens of thousands of men, women and children cross the vast savannah stage moving to seductive and rhythmic soca music showing off their costumes.  Note:  Masquerading also takes place in many cities across the Island.

The celebrations promptly ends at midnight on Tuesday, and the next day rings an astonishing return to normalcy.  You will find many visitors and locals the next day (Ash Wednesday) converging on to numerous beaches to chill out and relax before they go back to their daily routine, while you will find many thousands making their way to Catholic Churches to have their sins absolved with  promises to be good throughout the rest of the year (at least until Carnival the very next year).

Me trying to give you a glimpse of this event/festival/celebration from a more historical perspective simply does not explain the excitement and fun taking place on this small rich island.  Just imagine the entire island at a party...a huge street party, where everyone simply forgets about their daily troubles, they are drinking, eating, dancing and being consumed by music all around them.  When one party or event ends you are making arrangements to attend another.  For the locals the partying begins right after Christmas (now-a-days it begins before Christmas), and continues for months and finally climaxes on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.  It explodes on the Monday and Tuesday (before the day lent begins - Ash Wednesday); with masqueraders parading through the streets and even folks who are not in costumes, just dancing and partying at this huge street party.  At times it is unimaginable for many, but it's truly the best relief from the hard day to day stressful life for the tens of of thousands who converge on to the island from around the world.  Everyone must try to get to Trinidad to experience Carnival!!!

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Thanks to the many who have sent me e-mails in response to my past E-Newsletters and lots of important information to use for our future E-Newsletters.  Most importantly, I thank you for your encouraging words!  Until next week...please enjoy, and be safe this weekend and the upcoming week!!  

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Also, there are several events taking place in Trinidad for Carnival, so to view all the Events please log on to our "Events" Page above!

February 22, 2009

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Southern Connection 

Cordially Invite you to 

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The most Lavish All-Inclusive Party

(Carnival Sunday)

San Fernando Hill, Circular road, San Fernando, Trinidad

4pm to 12am

TOP SHELF OPEN BAR, INTERNATIONAL MENU, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TRAFFIK, JMC 3 VENI, IWER GEORGE, SIPARIA RHYTHM SECTION, JOY PRODUCTION & MAD MAN MADDY.


Admission - $500.00 TT / $83.00 US
Contact Info: 917 488-4153 / 347 200-7784 / 868 768-1247
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February 22, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland

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Live In Concert

Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland

 

February 23 & 24, 2009

Trinidad, West Indies

Join "Just Friends" for Trinidad's Carnival 2009 

Play Mas with "Just Friends" as they portray Sailors this Carnival

"JUST FRIENDS" IS A FUN ALL INCLUSIVE BAND FOR TRINIDAD CARNIVAL, FEB 23rd & 24th.

FOR MORE INFO VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.justfriendstt.com

 

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